Paul Long and I welcomed Dr Jiyun Yoo to BCMCR in January. Jiyun has recently returned to South Korea following the award of her PhD from Warwick and has been invited to be part of a project to construct an Asian popular music archive in the ‘Asian Culture Complex’ located in Gwangju, a city in the Southwestern part of South Korea.

Jiyun was given our details by our colleague in Australia, Sarah Baker, Griffith University, who is researching DIY popular music museums. Jiyun was visiting the UK on a fact finding mission into popular music archives and Paul and I were her first stop.

We held a really interesting discussion about our research and practice-based work and how some of this may be applied to Jiyun’s project. Being able to image what and how a Birmingham Music Archive  museum might look like and function, and some of the opportunities and challenges such a project might present was useful for Jiyun in thinking through in relation to Asian Culture Complex plans.

Jiyun had some pre-prepared questions, listed below, that we talked through and we also recommend a number of people for Jiyun to contact to get further advice on some of these issues.

1. Organization – Archivists, registrars, conservators, digital specialists etc.

2. Classification System

– Categories and Subcategories for Classification

– Hierarchy of Categories

3. The Metadata Standards for preserving/managing the archive materials,

4. The Archive Management System

5. Principles and Procedures of Data/Material Collection

6. Handling Intellectual Property Rights of Donated Materials

7. Evaluation Criteria for Purchasing Audio/Visual materials

8. Storage Systems for Audio/Visual Materials

9. Preservation/Restoration (digitization etc.) for Audio/Visual Materials

10. The Policy of Reading and Borrowing

I’m looking forward to seeing the development of this archive, it adds another dimension to our work and ongoing cataloguing of these types of practices from around the globe.

It’s clear more and more individuals, organisations and national agencies are turning their attention to the role popular music plays in the everyday lives of people and communities and how it helps in the construction of cultural heritage and identity .

Birmingham Centre For Media And Cultural Research

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